Who should buy the Vans Checkerboard Old Skool

This classic Vans Checkerboard Old Skool Lite could be a great match for you if:

  • You want a sneaker that features an UltraCush Lite sockliner that prevents you from having foot aches when walking on a concrete floor all day. 
  • You are looking for a pair with a well-thought design that best fits for school, work, and parties.

Vans Checkerboard Old Skool Lite Logo

Style of the Vans Checkerboard Old Skool Lite

Vans fused two of its iconic designs – the checkerboard and Sidestripe -- and came up with an Instagram-, cover page-worthy lifestyle sneaker, the low-top Vans Checkerboard Old Skool

Vans Checkerboard Old Skool Lite Upper material

Walk the city streets in style when you pair this with rolled-up denima plain tee, and plaid polo for a simple, laidback look; match it with tear-away pants and moisture-wicking shirt for a sporty vibe; or fuse it with tapered pants, plain undershirt, tailored coat for classy finish.  

Vans Checkerboard Old Skool Lite Mouth opening

Notable Features

Crafted with a well-assembled upper composition, the Vans Checkerboard Old Skool Lite is outfitted with durable toe cap to withstand common abuses and comes with an adequately padded collar to support the foot during movement. 

Vans Checkerboard Old Skool Lite Insole

This checkerboard-printed sneaker boasts a lightweight structure which makes it streetwear essential.   

Vans Checkerboard Old Skool Lite Midsole

History of the Vans Checkerboard Old Skool Lite

The Vans Checkerboard Old Skool Lite is a throwback style of the relic skate model by Vans that initially turned up on the surf-and-skate scene of South California in 1977.

Vans Checkerboard Old Skool Lite Collar

Initially called the Vans Style 36 before it was rebranded as the Old Skool, this skate-rooted sneaker was conceived out of a fancy doodle by Paul Van Doren that bore a curvy strip of leather on the outer panels of the shoe.  

Vans Checkerboard Old Skool Lite Outsole

One of the retro renditions of this much-sought legend is the Vans Checkerboard Old Skool Lite. This variety is made with a strong retro fever in a wholly toned down form.

Vans Checkerboard Old Skool Lite Lacing system

At the same time, it is symbolic of the 1970s birth era of the Old Skool, which is also the similar period when Vans first played up with the checkerboard motif.  

Vans Checkerboard Old Skool Lite Heel

Facts / Specs

Base model: Vans Checkerboard Old Skool
Style: Retro, Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Vans Checkerboard, Vans UltraCush, Vans Old Skool
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Canvas, Suede, Rubber Sole, Vulc Sole / Fabric

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

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